BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech head softball coach Scot Thomas announced Monday the signing of five standout players to National Letters of Intent who will enroll at Tech in Fall of 2014.
Mikaela Aiken, Breanna Davenport, Baylee Jensen, Caroline Schoenewald and Chelsea Whitcomb are all highly decorated recruits who will make immediate impacts on the field for the Hokies. Aiken hails from Longwood, Fla., and is expected to be a utility player and pitch for the Hokies. Davenport is an outfielder from Statesville, N.C., and Schoenewald is a utility player from Jamison, Pa. Jensen is an outfielder from Visalia, Calif., and Whitcomb, from Chesterfield, Va., is a talented athlete who could play anywhere and was the Virginia state pitcher of the year last season.
“This is probably one of the more talented and athletic classes that we’ve signed in a long time,” Thomas said. “I’m really excited about what they add and kind of depth they’ll give us for the future. It’s just a quality group and they’ll be joined by several top-tier walk-ons who will make this whole class a very good one once they get on campus next summer.”
Several other players will enroll at Tech with these five as recruited walk-ons, but their names cannot be released at this time per NCAA rules.
Below are the bios on Tech’s five newest signees, in alphabetical order:
U/P • 5-10
Lake Brantley H.S./Longwood, Fla.
High School: Is a senior at Lake Brantley High, where she plays softball for coach James Bayly … A team captain … A three-time first-team all-state player by Miracle Sports for the 8A level … A three-time all-conference selection … A three-time player of the year selection … Had the highest batting average, slugging percentage and on base percentage in the state for the 8A level as a junior … Batted .549 as a junior with 13 doubles, three triples and five home runs … Had 32 RBIs and 11 stolen bases … Had a 1.92 ERA in the circle with 68 strikeouts … Was named female athlete of the year as a sophomore … Plays travel ball for Coaches Jeff Conrad and Traci Fischer and the Tampa Mustangs Gold.
Personal: Mikaela Lee Aiken was born June 14, 1996 in Longwood, FL … The daughter of Michael and Robyn Aiken … Has an older sister, Brianne, who competed on the varsity offshore sailing team at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Coach Thomas on Aiken: “We’re not sure where Mikaela will play in the field, but she’s also going to come in as a pitcher. She can hit for power and comes to us out of Orlando. She’s played with a couple of good club teams down in Central Florida and we feel like she’s going to give us an anchor for our pitching staff.”
OF • 5-6
North Iredell H.S./Statesville, N.C.
High School: Is a senior at North Iredell High, where she plays softball for coach Lauren Gaither … A three-time all-state player … A three-time all-county selection … The District 7 Player of the Year as a sophomore and junior … Had the highest batting average (.417), slugging percentage (.690) and on base percentage (.449) in the state for the 8A level as a junior … Had 22 RBIs, scored 22 runs and stole eight bases …Had four home runs, including a grand slam … Hit .515 as a sophomore with a .772 slugging percentage and a .546 on base percentage … Had 12 doubles, three triples, four home runs, 24 RBIs and 34 runs scored … Plays travel ball for Coach Mike Ward and Team NC.
Personal: Breanna Jo Davenport was born January 6, 1996 in Statesville, NC … The daughter of Joe and Jennifer Davenport … Has an older sister, Timber.
Coach Thomas on Davenport: “I think Breanna Davenport is one of the hidden gems in the stats of North Carolina the past couple of years. Don’t let her size fool you, she can hit for power and she potentially be a triple threat. She’s definitely someone who could end up hitting in the top of the order. She puts the ball in play, she can move the runners and she can hit for power.”
OF • 5-5
El Diamonte H.S./Visalia, Calif.
High School: Is a senior at El Diamonte High, where she plays softball for Coach Brad Pendergast … A three-time first-team All-Tulare County … A 2011 and 2012 first-team all-league selection … A 2011 Central Section Division selection … Hit .508 as a junio with 16 stolen bases depsite missing the last six games of the season due to injury … Hit .431 as a sophomore with 22 stolen bases and hit .380 as a freshman with 13 stolen bases … Played soccer for three seasons …Plays travel ball for Coach Gary Hanning and the OC Batbusters.
Personal: Baylee Anne Jensen was born December 26, 1995 in Hanford, CA …The daughter of Carrie Booker and the late Joey Jensen … Has a younger sibling, Grant.
Coach Thomas on Jensen: “Bailey Jensen is a kid who plays for one of the top team in the country in the Hanning Batbusters out of Orange County. She has a great stick and a great sense of the game. I’m not sure in all the times I’ve seen her play that I’ve seen her get an out. She’s just a great hitter. She’s battled some injuries, which doesn’t concern us, but it’s held her back in her high school ball so her number aren’t as impressive as they could be. Nonetheless, we’re excited about what she brings to Blacksburg.”
U • 5-6
Central Bucks East H.S./Jamison, Pa.
pronounced CARE-oh-line SHOW-en-wald
High School: Is a senior at Central Bucks East High, where she plays softball for Coach Erin Scott … An all-state selection … Hit .362 as a junior with two doubles, a triple and five home runs … Had four stolen bases … Drove in 18 runs … Had just one error in 62 chances … A two-time all-league selection who helped lead her team to its first district title in 18 years … Was offensive MVP of her team … Plays travel ball for Coach Rick Waye and Rock 18U Gold.
Personal: Caroline Nicole Schoenewald was born June 2, 1996 in Abington, PA … The daughter of Robbie and Wendy Schoenewald … Has an older sister, Julia.
Coach Thomas on Schoenewald: “Caroline is an angressive, tough, softball-savvy kid who swings the bat with power. We’re not sure where we’re going to play her as she’s a utility-type kid who can do a lot. She’s a great athlete who is a lot like Kylie McGoldrick in softball terms, which is never a bad thing.”
U/P • 5-10
Cosby H.S./Chesterfield, Va.
High School: Is a senior at Cosby High School, where she plays softball for Coach Raymond Jeter … Is going in to her fourth year with the program … As a sophomore, was a first-team All-Dominion District and Central Region selection as a pitcher …The Times-Dispatch All-Metro softball player of the year …An honorable mention all-state pitcher who helped lead her team to a state title … In the state title game, pitched all 10 innings, giving up just five hits while picking up two hits and an RBI at the plate … The All-Metro softball player of the year again as a junior … A first-team All-Dominion District and Central Region selection … The district pitcher of the year … Shared the region pitcher of the year honor … A first-team all-state pitcher who helped lead Cosby to its fourth consecutive Dominion District tournament title and second consecutive Central Region championship … The state pitcher of the year as a junior …A two-time team MVP … Hit .300 as a freshman with 11 RBIs, three doubles, two triples and five stolen bases … Hit .488 as a sophomore with 21 RBIs, 11 doubles, three triples, four home runs and eight stolen bases … Went 17-1 in the circle with a 0.52 ERA in 134 innings pitched and 122 strikeouts … As a junior, hit .413 with 18 RBIs, eight doubles, six triples, three home runs and 10 stolen bases … Went 18-2 in the circle with a 0.95 ERA in 132 innings with 183 strikeouts … Enters her senior season with a 36-3 record as a pitcher at Cosby … Plays travel ball for Coach Thomas Bunn and the Williamsburg Starz
Personal: Chelsea Faye Whitcomb was born February 12, 1996 in Richmond, VA … The daughter of Linda of Jeff Whitcomb … Has a sister, Shelby.
Coach Thomas on Whitcomb: “Chelsea’s a blue-chip caliber athlete who can do many things for us. Besides being a solid hitter, she’s a tremendous infielder who can also pitch. She’s done really well in high school pitching, but we’re looking at her as more of an athlete at Tech and seeing where she fits in.”
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